Arsenal are looking for a striker and a prolific one has seemingly stated he is unsure of his future with his current club. That striker is former Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez.
The Mexican international has raised doubts about his future at Bayer Leverkusen by saying he is not ruling out a move before the transfer window shuts.
You never know
The striker told Kicker: “You never know what happens in football,”
“In years gone by I have left my club on the last day of the transfer window.
“I thought I would stay in Madrid and I thought I would stay in Manchester but I joined Leverkusen in the end. It motivates me if I am a theme for other clubs.”
That sounds like a man who would be open to offers and if the diminutive striker becomes available then no doubt he will be a man-in-demand. A number of Premier League clubs reportedly showed an interest in the striker in January, but he remained in Leverkusen.
Prolific scorer of goals
The 28-year-old striker has been prolific for Leverkusen since his summer move from Manchester United, scoring 26 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions. He spent much of his United career warming the bench and coming on to have a big impact as a substitute.
His habit of scoring from the bench established him a reputation as a super-sub, which is a hard tag to shake off. However, his stint in the Bundesliga and regular first team football has shown he can score goals if given the opportunity to actually play football.
Hernandez is the sort of natural goalscorer that Arsenal have been looking for. He may not the biggest or most physical, but he will score goals and that is what Arsenal needs.
Arsenal unlikely to sign him
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recently stated that the club would spend big on the right striker if the right conditions were met. Two of those conditions will mean that Gunners are unlikely to sign the Mexican striker.
Wenger said the striker has to be the right age and have a sell-on value. At 28-years-old Hernandez is unlikely to fit the bill when it comes to those criteria. Wenger is looking for the perfect striker, but so is every other club in Europe.
The problem is perfect does not exist and that is why Wenger has not signed a new striker yet. For me, Javier Hernandez would be prolific in the current Arsenal team. The 28-year-old seems willing to leave his current club and would more than likely be willing to join Arsenal.
Hernandez has to be under consideration, surely? If not then Arsene Wenger may just be cutting off his nose to spite his face.
Would Javier Hernandez be a viable striking target for Arsenal?